Ali Kaba

South-South Fellow



Ali Kaba is a Program Manager and Senior Researcher at the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), a Liberian non-governmental organization working to transform decision-making processes in relation to natural resources. He coordinates SDI’s Community Land Protection Program activities, and supervises the organization’s Early Warning System (EWS). The Early Warning System will provide communities with information and support to enhance community capacity to negotiate with national and international investors.

Mr. Kaba has also consulted with diverse national and international organizations and agencies, including the World Bank, USAID Chemonics (USAID), and the Liberian government; specifically, the Land Commission, the Governance Commissions and the Ministry of Planning and Economic Affairs of Liberia. Mr. Kaba worked extensively with the Liberian Land Commission, and helped draft the country’s new Land Rights Policy. He was one of eight national experts that worked on Liberia’s short-to-mid-term development agenda calls the National Vision 2030.

Mr. Kaba is a published author of numerous briefs and articles, and co-authored two books, including a comprehensive study on customary land rights in Liberia: Protecting Community Lands and Resources – Evidence from Liberia. Mr. Kaba’s interest is land governance, customary land tenure, resource management and sustainable development. He holds a master’s degree in international development from the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, Colorado, U.S.A.